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Healthy retirement living: What does it take?

It might be the first time in life where you supposedly get to put your feet up. However, push the boundaries of retirement too far, and it can become detrimental to your health.

Let's not forget that this is the first time in your life where you are not forced to leave the house. Everything is on your terms, and some people manage this better than others.

This is the reason behind today's guide. We will now take a look at some of the best ingredients to carve a healthy retirement lifestyle and believe it or not, few of them involve exercise.

(However) let's start with exercise

We've just touched upon the topic of exercise, and how this isn't necessarily something that needs to be focused on a lot through the retirement era.

With that being said, you still need to lead an active lifestyle. As the studies keep telling us, an active lifestyle fends off a whole host of mental and physical conditions.

Sure, you don't need to take up marathon running each and every week, but ensuring that you incorporate at least some exercise into your routine is crucial.

Also, note the term "some". It's important to make sure you strike the right balance and don't overdo things. You're not as young as you once were, and your expectations need to be realistic.

Your mental health should be a much bigger concern

Again, we're not trying to discount the power of exercise. As we have hopefully highlighted, this is a crucial element of a healthy lifestyle.

Something that requires arguably even more attention comes in the form of your mental health. This doesn't necessarily need to involve brainteasers (although, believe it or not, these can help). Instead, it's about making sure you look after your emotions and feelings.

For example, take getting out of bed in a morning. For years, we've been almost forced to do this because of the perils of work. Suddenly, this routine is thrown out of the window and this leaves some recently retired people with a really big challenge. Making sure you set a routine can be one of the best steps you take in protecting your mental health.

Then, there is social interaction. Keeping your friendship circles is another must-perform piece of advice. Far too many of us start to lose these connections as we age. Now that eight hours of our day has been given to us, we need to make sure that we're not sat home alone - the power of social interactions should never be discounted.

This also affects your finances

Something that almost falls into the above category are your personal finances. If your finances are in a tangled mess, your head is likely to follow suit. After all, nobody wants to feel riddled with debt, and now that your main income has been eradicated there is an increased likelihood of this happening.

This means that you need to organize your finances as a matter of urgency. In reality, this should have happened years ago, but make sure you understand all of the small, unexpected expenses. It might be about funeral costs (things do get as morbid as this), or it might be about the cost of providing elderly care to other members of your family. Get your head around these topics so you understand how your new-look financial life appears, and how you can live worry-free as a result of it.

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